Summary: While we can't prevent the losses in our life, we are able to find the strength in the Lord to get us through them.

Good evening, we've come together this evening to

praise God, to be a witness of our Christian faith, and

to celebrate and honor the life of ________________.

Scripture: Psalm 23: A Psalm of David.

"The LORD is my shepherd, I shall not want.

He makes me lie down in green pastures; He leads me

beside quiet waters. He restores my soul; He guides

me in the paths of righteousness for His name's sake.

Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of

death, I fear no evil, for You are with me; Your rod and

Your staff, they comfort me.

You prepare a table before me in the presence of my

enemies; You have anointed my head with oil; My cup


Surely goodness and lovingkindness will follow me all

the days of my life, and I will dwell in the house of the

LORD forever."


John 14:1-6 says; "'Do not let your heart be troubled;

believe in God, believe also in Me. In My Father's

house are many dwelling places; if it were not so, I

would have told you; for I go to prepare a place for you.

If I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again

and receive you to Myself, that where I am, there you

may be also. And you know the way where I am going.'

Thomas said to Him, 'Lord, we do not know where You

are going, how do we know the way?' Jesus said to

him, 'I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one

comes to the Father but through Me.'"

When Jesus said this He knew in a few hours He

would be hanging on a cross for you and me, so He

prepared His disciples to face the future without fear.

He told His disciples, "Do not let your hearts be

troubled ", we can also apply this to our own hearts

and lives today.

As Christians, we're exposed to troubles, sorrow and

suffering sometimes on a daily basis.

This scripture teaches us is that while we can't prevent

the losses in our life, we are able to find the strength in

the Lord to get us through them.

When Jesus suggested to us that we "trust in God; and

trust also in Christ." He was actually saying, "You have

trusted God, now it's time to trust in Me!"

Jesus reveals something amazing to us in verse 2. "In

My Father's house are many dwelling places; if it were

not so, I would have told you; for I go to prepare a

place for you."

This is one of the greatest truths found in the Bible, it's

saying that God is someplace very real. And those

(dwelling places??), that actually translates to

"mansions". So, what Jesus is teaching us is that in

God's house, which is in an actual place called heaven,

there are many mansions.

That gives me great comfort, that I can know for sure

that Jesus has already prepared a mansion in heaven

for ____________ and for all those who love Him.

It puts my heart as ease to know that one day I'm going

to my Father's house He built for me, and I pray you

have that great comfort as well.

My Father's house is where I'm always accepted and

loved. My Father's house is where I am not a guest,

but where I'm a resident. That's home!!

How can you and I know for certain there's a place

called heaven? Because God says there is, and for me

that settles it.

The second great truth we learn from this passage is

that Jesus will come back.

Stop and think about that for a moment. Jesus isn't just

going to just write out some instructions for us or give

us a heavenly GPS to find our own way to home; but

He's going to come back and take us by the hand and

personally lead us to our Father's house.

The Apostle Paul explained this truth when he wrote in

1 Thessalonians 4:16-18: "For the Lord Himself will

descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of

the archangel and with the trumpet of God, and the

dead in Christ will rise first. Then we who are alive and

remain will be caught up together with them in the

clouds to meet the Lord in the air, and so we shall

always be with the Lord. Therefore comfort one

another with these words."

____________ died in the Lord, knowing Christ as her

personal Lord and Savior, so that means when Christ

comes again on that great resurrection morning,

_______ will have a head start on those who are living

in Christ, because "the dead in Christ will rise first."

Another great truth from this passage in John 14 is that

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